Transition Town Berkhamsted hosted Building Community Event – looking forward to a Berkhamsted of the future, together
On Sunday 8 July, Transition Town Berkhamsted hosted a Building Community day for a representative group of influential people in the town. Ashridge Business School very kindly supplied the venue and facilities for the day.
A diverse group of people together envisioned their community and their Berkhamsted in 20 years’ time, and then discussed how to make that a reality, and started on the route to achieving that vision.
The attendees for the day represented Councils, Youth, Schools, Parents, Citizen’s Association, Save Your Berkhamsted, Cycling, Sport, Health, Churches, Business, Rotary, Arts, Market, Tenants, Disabled, Children, Charities and the environment.
There was a real meeting of minds as the future that all envisioned was compatible and the same. Real progress was made towards that future, and new connections between different groups and different demographics were formed.
The themes that emerged for the next steps towards that vision, which will be progressed as a result of the day, concerned an enlivened town centre, a central space for community, bringing neighbours together to help each other, travel and access to the town for more, without relying on cars, and making the most of the town’s assets. Underpinning those themes were discussions on communication of the ideas and outcomes and on obtaining the facts to allow an informed debate as to energy sources for the future.
The attendees unanimously agreed to meet again in four months, in November, to discuss and celebrate progress that will be made between now and then, and to plan the next set of actions.